Exposure to extreme heat causes sickness and sometimes death for workers. OSHA urges employers to prevent heat illness and heat-related deaths through its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.
Some of the safety tips include:
- Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty;
- Rest in the shade to cool down;
- Wear a hat and light-colored clothing;
- Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency; and
- Keep an eye on fellow workers.
OSHA also published an interactive map of heat fatalities that occurred between 2008 and 2014.